Jewish Holidays and Festivals

Please see http://www.uahc.org/holidays/jcal.html for a schedule of what day a holiday occurs in this calendar year.

Harvest Festival (Succoth)

Succoth begins four days after the Day of Atonement. When the children of Israel fled from the Egyptians, they lived in huts called tabernacles. Succoth is sometimes known as the Feast of Tabernacles.

Lev 23:39-43
  • 7th full moon of year, symbol of wilderness in Egypt at exodus

  • Coming of Prince of Peace as sanctuary in wilderness
The Festival of Sukkot lasts 7 days.

The word "Sukkot" means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that we are commanded to live in during this holiday. The name of the holiday is frequently translated "The Feast of Tabernacles," from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous.

Like Passover and Shavuot, Sukkot has a dual significance: historical and agricultural. The holiday commemorates the forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the desert, living in temporary shelters.

Sukkot is also a harvest festival, the Festival of Ingathering. Along with Passover, it is one of the holy (and happy) times that the Children of Israel were given to remind them of being delivered from bondage.

Stuffed cabbage is usually a special food eaten during this festival.
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